How Could Miami Have Lost to the Browns?

I woke up this morning with another Dolphins hangover.  And, I keep asking the question … “How could the Miami Dolphins have lost that game to the Cleveland Browns?”  How could they have lost that freaking game?

Suppose you did not watch the game yesterday.  Suppose you did not know the outcome.  Now, suppose I gave you the following recap of the game between the Dolphins and the Browns.

1).  The Dolphins offense racked up 369 total yards and controlled the ball just short of 38 minutes of the game — the Browns kept the ball a little more than 22 minutes.

2).  Chad Henne completed 19 of 29 passes for 255 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT — that is 8.8 yards per attempt (YPA) and the INT was on the last play of the game.

3).  Brian Hartline caught 4 passes for 87 yards — an average of 21.8 yards per catch.

4).  Daniel Thomas ran the ball 23 times for 95 yards — another good rushing game for the rookie.  Also, he had 3 receptions for 27 yards including a 10 yard screen pass in the redzone for a TD … yes, the Dolphins successfully completed a screen pass for a TD in the redzone!

5).  The Browns’ QB, Colt McCoy, completed only 19 of 39 passes for 210 yards — that is 48.7% completion percentage and 5.4 YPA.  He completed just 5 of 14 passes in the first half.

6).  Despite Vonte Davis being out with a hamstring injury, the Browns’ wide receivers only caught 8 passes for a mere 99 yards.  The Dolphins’ UFA rookie Jimmy Wilson had an interception.

7).  The Browns were without star RB Peyton Hillis and could only muster a mere 70 total yards rushing.

If I told you all these true facts, would you not have thought the Dolphins won the game?

Well, the Miami Dolphins lost 17-16 to the Cleveland Browns.  And, the Dolphins are now 0 – 3 to start the season.

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So, how did the Dolphins lose the game?  Tune back in tomorrow for my analysis.

 

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